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US may continue attempts to deploy bases near Afghanistan, says Lavrov

Headlines 18:32 01 Nov, 2021

Lavrov stressed that such proposals from the United States had also been received by Pakistan

US may continue attempts to deploy bases near Afghanistan, says Lavrov

The United States may continue attempts to deploy its military infrastructure in the territory of countries neighboring on Afghanistan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the Rossiya-24 round-the-clock television news channel in an interview, Qazet.az reports citing TASS.

"Well aware of the Americans' intrusiveness, I do not rule out that they will be pressing for the same aim from different sides. I've heard that they have been trying to persuade India to grant the Pentagon some opportunities on the Indian territory," he said.

Lavrov recalled that Russian President Vladimir Putin told his US counterpart Joe Biden at the Geneva summit in July "Russia is categorically against attempts to conclude agreements with the Central Asian countries on the deployment of US military infrastructure on their territory with the aim of delivering so-called over-the-horizon strikes against targets in Afghan territory."

Lavrov stressed that such proposals from the United States had also been received by Pakistan, which rejected them, and by Uzbekistan, which stated in public that its Constitution left no room for any actions like the deployment of foreign bases in its territory.

"Kyrgyzstan, too, as represented by its president, said it does not wish this, either," Lavrov added.